Mount Vernon, NY Auto Collision, May 1958


Mount Vernon, N.Y. (AP) -- Six persons, including a driver who had been warned about speeding shortly before, were killed early today in a head-on collision of two automobiles near here.
The other five perished in the flaming wreckage of the second automobile. The impact of the collision was so great that the front of their car, a station wagon, was thrust onto its top. The collision occurred when the other car veered across the dividing line, officers said.
The driver given the speeding warning was identified as LLEWELLYN C. BYRD, 25, a Negro of Greenwich, Conn. Before the crash he had picked up three hitchhikers. They were critically injured.
Identities of the others killed were not immediately established. They were traveling in a car with New Jersey license plates and were believed to be four adults and a child.
The injured hitchhikers were identified as KEVIN BROTHER, 21, of East Orange, N.J.; GEORGE NOVAK, 19, and LOUIS THOMAS, 17, both of Port Chester, N.Y. They were taken to Mount Vernon Hospital.
Police at Greenwich said an officer there had halted BYRD earlier warned him about speeding, but permitted him to proceed without giving him a ticket.

Syracuse Herald Journal New York 1958-05-31